Highlights from the third and final day's play at the 41st Ryder Cup, held at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, USA.
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If it doesn't come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don't do
it. Not 1 million miles away is it. Unless it comes and asked out of
your heart and your mind. And your mouth. Andrew Goetz. -- and your
gut. If you're doing it for money or fame, don't do it. If it is hard
work thinking about doing it, don't do it. Europe take the cup home.
It's on its way back to Europe. What a comeback. My goodness gracious me.
When it is truly time, if you have been chosen, it will do it by it
self. And it'll keep on doing it until you die or it dies in you.
There is no other way. And then never was. -- there. That video was
shown to team Europe this week ahead of the 12 singles matches which will
decide the outcome of the 41st playing of the Ryder Cup here in
Minnesota. Not that the Europeans need any extra motivation, they are
three points behind going into the final 12 singles matches and no they
need to win a 7.5 points to retain the trophy. They have been in worse
trouble before, four years ago, four points behind and they pulled off
one of the great sporting miracles. With a less experienced team, this
could be an even more difficult ask and against the US team and a
Hazeltine crowd, its really is pumped, they leave they are due and
after eight years they can smell a win. Darren Clarke's team will not
go down without a fight so bring it on, the final day of the Ryder Cup,
let's do it. No team has ever come back from a 4-0 whitewash and one of
the Ryder Cup so the odds were stacked against Europe rise from the
opening morning. By yesterday afternoon Daryl Clark's team had
drawn even only for a rampant US side to regain energy and momentum
in the last 90 minutes of the Saturday football contest.
Deyverson's side lead 9.5-6.5. Just as Ian Poulter inspired that
comeback years ago, this time Europe looks to Rory McIlroy for
inspiration, leadership and to keep the fight alive and how he has
revelled in that so far. With the team here I don't need to pick up,
they will know and understand they have a big challenge ahead tomorrow
and they will be up for it and I won't have to do too much.
Imperative for the strongest European players to deliver early
points at the top of the order if a comeback is to materialise, captain
Darren Clarke has followed the order and he has produced some fabulous
match-ups. Not the least Patrick Reed against Rory McIlroy and
Mickelson and Garcia taking each other on 12 years after their first
match up. Davis Love was in charge of the US team and he will take
nothing for granted. Five of the bottom six Europeans in that order
have yet to win a point here at Haseltine. And so at 11 o'clock
local time, the match everyone wanted, the feisty Texan Patrick
Reed against the alpha male from Europe, Rory McIlroy unbeaten in
three Ryder Cup singles so far. It is highly charged to say the least.
COMMENTATOR: First on the team representing Europe, Rory McIlroy.
-- seam. This is the nearest thing I've ever
seen the cauldron of excitement. It is good-natured, there have been one
or two hot moments and this is a really hot match. You can take it
from me, this is heavyweight stuff at its very best.
CROWD CHEERING Not too bad for an opening drive.
That is a cracker, that sends the message out. Patrick Reed, Rory
McIlroy have never... Representing the United States of America Patrick
Reed. Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy, never been beaten in singles at the
Ryder Cup, either of them. CROWD CHEERING
Just OK I think. The pin is on the left so a bit awkward for Reed. Top
match, eventful so far, Hull a picture of composure as Reed whips
up the crowd. It is the Texan who won down by the fertile but this
putt for eagle and the win, they are all square again. Still very early,
four matches to go out but there is European blue in the ascendancy in
five of the matches. Daryl Clark's men are seeking 7.5 points to retain
the cup and the United States needs five to regain it. Back to the top
match at the short eighth hole and in commentary with a total of 23
Ryder Cup appearances between them, Mark James, Hunter Mahan and Peter
Alice. Spieth's ball ran way down the green -- McIlroy. Stop it. Stop
it. He needs to be careful Peter. It could all end in tears this. He is
inciting them to riots. That was wonderful, I enjoyed myself. Ian
Poulter loved it too. The most unlikely putt to hole. Going like
the clappers. Bang right in the middle. This is like the Coliseum
here, the crowd around you. Amazing atmosphere. Don't throw yourself to
the lions. How are your tonsils? As Hunter would say. Wow. This is
unbelievable. A shake of the hands would go down well now I fancy. Well
done. All square. Doesn't tell the whole story though, goodness me.
Back to the serenity of the Garcia Mickelson game. A short putt to win
the hole. Well done Phil, playing well. All
square. Chris Wood. Second to the first.
What a shot. Fantastic. Carried to the top. A beauty.
Started to the right but he likes it. It's driveable. Doesn't like it.
303 yards, heated to 12 feet, pretty impressive. -- hit it to 12 feet. A
fair amount of waggling Garcia. He likes it, it's normally good when he
says that. On the flag for Garcia. Him and Mickelson find the screen,
advantage Sergio. -- green. Dustin Johnson at the 1st. Third shot. Look
out. Another birdie. Mickelson. 4-2, looks good. Boy he
has putted nicely this week, the old-timer. Wood at the 1st. This is
to have the hole. Dustin Johnson holed from 15 feet, Wood follows him
in. All square. Beautiful smooth greens here. A bit lofty. Thought it
was quicker than it was. Garcia for a half, Mickelson has already holed
a nice putt, this to stay all square. Tickles it down. It is not
going to reach is it? No. A little smile as Mickelson goes one up.
This is vital for Jimmy Walker to halve the hole. Just caught the edge
of the cup. Remains two down. Michael Ray on the ninth, par four
-- Mickel Roy. This is his third shot from the sun. Plays a beauty.
Ryan Moore. To win the hole. To square the match. He has. This could
be one of the great Match Play days in this competition if it carries on
like this, it'll be fantastic. Chris Wood. Second to the second. This is
the approach to number two. The standard is marvellous. Henrik
Stenson at the 8th. Scrappy half. Playing Jordan Spieth, this looks
good. It is good. 15 or 16 feet away on the other side, to cracking shot.
This is to win the hole. Has the? Picked the wrong line. They both
bogeyed the ninth. Both out in 32 and all square. Some of the golf has
been just breathtaking. The leaderboard still, a little bit more
red on the left, so far this is a wonderful day's exhibition. Can they
keep it up? Birdie chance at 64 Rickie. Well
done. Chris Wood. To win the hole on the second. Out of the first in
three were Dustin Johnson and the Rockies are doing well. Sullivan.
One up. Brandt Snedeker. And he has played another belter,
getting better all the time. Justin Rose playing Rickie Fowler who holed
a nice ten footer, followed in by Rose. Ding-dong. This fruit juice.
We saw the lovely tee shot. He's wafted it. The match goes all square
against Jordan Spieth. Pieters to win the hole at the 7th. Playing
J.B. Holmes. Who drove it to left. He's done it again, putting quite
beautifully, a powerful hitter, good short game, natural square. How are
things looking? And up and down day and a Europe up in four matches and
the United States up in one. Plenty of all squares, this is so close,
the first to 14.5 points takes the Ryder Cup. Andy Sullivan, little
Andy, this to go two up. What a start this would be for him. Playing
Snedeker, only one much so far. Well done Andy. -- match. Kept, -- Brooks
Koepka, a big drive. Playing delightfully well. Playing Willett,
match all square at the moment. Rafael Cabrera-Bello, this a
surprise for the European team, he has played just awesome and another
great putt, he has been an absolute stud this week 14 Europe. On its
continued, both teams trading blows in an extraordinary fashion but a
tide of red began to flow onto the bottom of the match order and Europe
clinging on now. The first win for Europe. Stenson beating speed but it
looks like Rory McIlroy will be done on the 18th and you never know --
Stenson beating Spieth. Rory McEnroe. Patrick Reed ready up their
six feet past the hole. -- McIlroy. Going to get its right into the hole
if you can. Watching it closely. Great shot, they have put on a show
for everybody in the world. This is great stuff. Glad to be a party,
glad to be seen all of these shots. Kaymer to win the hole. You need
something, he is three down. He is two down. Weighing Matt Kuchar.
Kuchar the strong man down at the bottom of the field, the penultimate
match. Kaymer still alive. Danny Willett losing control of this match
a little bit, two down to Brooks I know. He goes three down to Brooks
Koepka. Thomas Pieters. His opponent has gone way left,
we're not sure if he's in the water or over the water or where he is.
But Pieters is on the green. Very much in the driving seat. Ryan
Moore, all square. Playing Lee Westwood.
Westwood hit a good one, Moore has hit a better one. Patrick Reed and
Rory McIlroy, a battle all week. This to win the match and get the
first point for the US. He makes it. Incredible match with Rory McIlroy.
These to put on a show for everyone. An absolute show. Thank you guys,
that was awesome. Mickelson played out at the bunker
and put it within a few feet of the hole, Garcia following from the
rough. Mickelson has played a majestic shots, Sergio answers him.
That just stopped stone dead, this is remarkable, some of the best
stuff I have seen for years, wonderful. Just look how close all
of those matches are. Left and right. Quite extraordinary. Just the
last five matches and certainly three of them, something could
happen, the turn of the coin, eight bit of good luck, a bit of bad luck,
a brilliant shot in the Google change in the blink of an eye. --
and it could all change in. Garcia and Mickelson all square here. If
you can tickle the same. Just too high. Good try Sergio. A tricky
little putt. The master putter now has a chance to go ahead.
Thomas Pieters birdie putt. Home is his opponent missed. Has played
three, only a little bit closer than Pieters. Pieters youth field has
two, what are you doing? What are you doing? -- Pieters you feel has
two. That was a little heavy-handed. The last match out. This to halve
the hole. Johnson goes one up. Snedeker to win the hole. Playing
Andy Sullivan, tap sit down and then. -- taps it down. He has got
the quivers. Hardly missed anything today that the Americans, most
extraordinary exhibition. A great day of golf. Mickelson has this to
break the deadlock with Garcia. His putting has been on form. Phyllis
putting on a show. Seventh birdie on the card. -- Phil is putting on.
Ryan Moore to win the hole. To go up. No sir.
Pieters to win the match. Why did I hit it so hard that first one. But
all is forgiven if this goes in. And it has. Well done Thomas Pieters. A
wonderful debut in the Ryder Cup. Setting all sorts of records, played
quite beautifully. Three and 2-over J.B. Holmes. The first rookie to
make four points in his debut. Looking a bit read down the
left-hand side that we have some victors, Stenson three and two,
Pieters three ensued but Rory in a titanic battle with Patrick Reed.
Let's hear from the two victorious Europeans. Always a big as in the
singles but we've done it before and we will go out and support
team-mates. We will never give up until it is over. I played some good
golf. I was nervous of the first tee, I didn't hit good shots and
J.B. Was making a lot on me so after that I patented golf eight birdies.
Kept playing Danny Willett. Who is not having the best of days on the
greens. Brooks Koepka now four up. Phil Mickelson one up in his matchup
against Sergio Garcia in the middle of the fairway. 83 yards out. Has
defined this to the whole or past and let it spin back. Going low.
Just right of the flag, excellent shot. Sergio in the rough will have
to respond to that. They must make a full Justin Rose. Has about 12 feet
left to right. Going to give it a good run and an excellent putt,
never moved. Ricky a putt to take the lead and go one up. Europe will
need to turn some matches around and quite quickly and Garcia has a
chance. He is one down. This is the approach to the 15th and Mickelson
is quite close. Sweetly struck, it should run out, delightfully played
from Garcia. As an self a fast turning left to right. -- has
himself. All of these tight matches your path to win. Fowler has to miss
this. They are not missing anything. They are putting absolutely
magnificently. And they are just sneaking ahead. All still very
close, a wonderful day so far. Still might be a twist in the tale but
they are going well. Darren Clarke the captain of Europe must be
thinking it is all slipping away. Sergio at the 15th in a great battle
with Phil Mickelson. A little bit of a swing on this. And he's done it.
What on Sergio. -- well done Sergio. Zach Johnson. Realistically two from
here would not be bad but we have seen some monsters holding today. Oh
dear. It has been almost ridiculous, almost laughable. Almost as if they
are doing it on purpose just to show quite extraordinary. Need a touch of
a pickpocket down here, this is grease lightning to halve the 15th.
Where has it gone. Straight in the heart, and exceptional display from
Mickelson. Remains one up after birdie threes.
Chris Wood at 13, two down. Playing Dustin Johnson. He was also holed
Masip puts -- massive putt. It is a beauty. Westwood. Two putts. He is
not generous Issey? A little shaky yesterday. That is all right.
Anxious team-mates looking on. Justin Rose at the 17th, this four
two, to win the hole and get the match back square. Fowler 4-5 feet
away. A good strike, just too hard. Still a bit of work to do here.
The shot of Jimmy Walker, a bit clean. Cabrera Bello on the green,
two up. Wood, had a chance there at 13 for
two. Johnson remains two up. Rose to keep the match alive. Andy does. He
is one down with the 18 to play. Not home yet but looking very good.
Jimmy Walker here at 16 with a bogey putt. This match is over. Great
playing by Rafa Cabrera-Bello this week, great Ricky debut, did a great
job. A good partnership. Played three matches 12-macro and halve the
other, extremely good coming in as a nervy rookie. He has come out a real
pro. You look at the bottom scoreboard,
10.5-9.5, with an 1.5 matches remaining look rather read. They do,
been a hell of a day. When sera from Rafa. Been a tough day, I knew it
was going to be tough, Jimmy is an excellent player but I had fun,
played my best and fortunate enough luck was on my side and I could
bring the point for Europe. Not looking too good for captain Darren
Clarke but you never know. Fitted way right off the tee, Sergio right
down the middle, iron to degree in, middle - right pin, cutting it a
little bit, hoping to hang in there. Great shot, Sergio. Europe has
played this whole might very well today. Sergio tried to square this
match. Phil laid up to here, his third shot. Needs this to get close.
Didn't even hit inside Sergio's second shot. Tough for the USA on
this second hole. Ricky's bowl pin high, not beating yet. Kathy has
handed over his last round of ammunition. A low trajectory, it
might still skid a little, it's done well, he's got a chance. Westward,
the easiest you can get on this green. Hit it. He did. Nicely done.
Moves two up against Ryan Moore. Garcia. Two putts to win. This
should be an easy one for Europe, he's done it, good touch, tied up
the match. Two to go. Ricky. Interesting ten minutes. Rickie
Fowler here on 18. 35 feet to win your match and add another point to
the US. Didn't quite hit it, just going to be a four for Rickie
Fowler, Justin Rose will have a putt to half this match. 17th from
Garcia. Match all square, must win point for us if we're going to win.
Be good, be good. And it is good, particularly that side of the cup. .
If Europe is going to have any chance for the back half to come
back Justin is going to happen to make this. They are going to mean
this in a very big way. Uphill. Ricky, two feet for par. What is
that? I'm not sure what that was. Justin would love to have that one
back, terrible putt, really. After a fantastic shot by Sergio, Phil
Mickelson needs to respond, losing the last hole. A lot of get in the
hole as usual, great shot. Going to be putting first against Sergio.
Great shots by two great Ryder Cup veterans. Rickie Fowler, this for a
full point for the US. Great win for Rickie Fowler against a great
player, Justin Rose. Vital point for America.
Disappointment for Europe. Could have done with that one. Taken a
long time over this one. And why not. Big swing. Very fast. He's
putted magnificently today. So have all the United States team. Just a
little touch, straight down, it's there. Another one! Absolutely
pulverised Europe on the greens today. Europe have played
wonderfully well but they've been totally outgunned on the greens. Can
you believe it's his ninth birdie today, amazing. They've always been
at it. Anxious looking Davis Love, agitated.
Garcia, Mickelson has holed that beauty, can heap on this one end? He
has. Half into and the 17th, the match remains all square, titanic
battle. Pooled. Sullivan. Two in a row. Hole grazers. Delighted to give
it to him. Stays two up, just three holes left to play. Kuchar to half
the hole. Two up. Kuchar and Kaymer and he's missed one. Little too
sharp. Ryan Moore. Westward just missed the
green, Ryan Moore two down, has to make something happen here on 16.
Going for it. His caddy said be good, baby. Great shot from Ryan
Moore. Going to have that for eagle. Great shot, great stuff by Ryan
Moore, just when he needed something great to happen it did. Fitzpatrick
to half the hole. Good effort. Just not enough. Europe just haven't
holed enough pads today, little bit outgunned. Three down now to sent
Johnson. Brooks to win the match and give the USA another point. Got it.
Brooks, the rookie for the US, great staff. -- great stuff. Three points
for Brooks in his first Ryder Cup, great stuff. Coming to the end of
this year's matches and just a bit of golf to be played. It's moved
very much towards the United States and richly deserved, they've played
well today and holed be putts but Europe are not dead and buried quite
yet, but the cortege is warming up. Justin Rose lost to Rickie Fowler,
let's hear from him. Decent match, close, not scintillating golf. Just
disappointed. Haven't putted well all week and it's disappointing.
COMMENTATOR: Matt Kuchar. This match getting interesting now, only one
up, losing the last hole to Martin Kaymer. Back left pin, got to fly, a
high, soft shot would suit it nicely and he does, great shot by Matt
Kuchar, stopping the European momentum.
This match all square, Mickelson and Garcia, Mickelson's second shot into
the final hole. Only a short iron. Very receptive. Loves it.
Ryan Moore. 16th after an amazing approach, this is for an eagle and
he's got it. He's got it, Ryan Moore showing emotion for the first time
this week. Great stuff from the American rookie. West
Lee Westwood now only one up. Mickelson on the greens, six or
seven paces past the hole, match all square. Does he love it? Does he
like it? He adores it. Matt Kuchar up their close, Martin
Kaymer just one down in this match. Wanting to respond to Matt Kuchar's
great shot. Very good shot, inside Matt Kuchar. Kaymer coming to form,
this match getting a little tight. Dustin Johnson. Putt to win the
hole. Everyone seems a bit low on this putt. Can he hit it high
enough? Yes he can, caught the bottom lip and made it. He goes two
up with three to go against Chris Wood. Kuchar first 2-putt. chance
for Martin Kaymer. Too high. We want be laughing if he holes
this, but at this winner, not quite as much as you might think from
right to left. -- bit of a swinger. Gone the other way and he's done it.
Would you believe it? I thought it came from the other side, he didn't,
well worth the wait, incredible putt and poor old Sergio has two hole has
for a half. His tenth birthday of the day, amazing performance from
Mickelson. Kaymer, he's got it. He was three
down and tiptoeing batch, the match -- tiptoeing back, the match all
square. Can Sergio do it? Little tickler? Can he? Glorious
exhibition. Absolutely stunning. Half point for the US, crucial
half-point, but a glorious match. That was the most impressive match
I've ever seen, like one of the ones at Wentworth. Fantastic performance
particularly from Garcia because he was up against that most of the
time. Well done, Sergio. Ryan Moore after a great approach shot one down
and try to tie it up against Lee Westwood and this to win the hole.
Read it beautifully. Ryan Moore. Eagle birdie, 16, 17, going to 18
all square. Snedeker to half the hole at the
16th, two up. Little jabbing stroke but it works wonders. Two up, two to
play. The school board shows us how it's
moving, has moved America's way but the matches are so close, so
wonderfully entertaining. 13-10 at the moment, more to come.
COMMENTATOR: Ryan Moore on the tee at 18, eagle 16, birdie 17, he has
closed in on Lee Westwood, all square now. A lot of fireworks the
last 30 minutes in this Ryder Cup. Likes it, strike set down in the
middle. Snedeker trying to work the ball in
from right to left at the 17th. That is magnificent. Putted saw well it's
almost a gimme. Lee Westwood at the 18th, match all square, Ryan Moore
up the middle of the fairway. Little bit at the right-hand side,
kicks down, I know. May have found trouble.
Sullivan going the other way with a bit of said, good looks from this
end. OK. Sit down. The briskly fringe never easy to chip out of.
Chris Wood. Two down, having a shot at the 16th. What left, bunker is
right. -- what are left. Shouting. But fiery but he finds it, just off
the back of the dance floor, little bit unlucky, came out a little bit
heart. Dustin Johnson after a booming drive, two up, trying to end
it right here. Hanging right. Just going to go through the green on the
right rough. Going to be a tough little quick chip. The US closing
in. Sullivan needs this. Played it skinny. Hasn't got inside Snedeker's
approach shot. Currently 13-10, Sullivan loses it is 14-10. Chris
Wood, third shot at the 16th. Away to the left. Left an awkward
putt from there. Kaymer for birdie to win the whole. Straight up here,
probably the easiest putt on this green. Rolled it right into the
middle. Kaymer goes one up in his match.
He has to find the bottom of the cup. Snedeker will take the point
otherwise. Andy Sullivan, Andy Sullivan. He's missed it. He's come
up against Brandt Snedeker and his putting was so hot. 14-10, just half
a point needed for the United States. Splendid display. Lee
Westwood in trouble at the 18th. Bit heavy I fancy. Dustin Johnson's
third, this is a delicate little shot. Running away from him, where
is he going to land it? Ryan Moore middle of the fairway on
18, all square with Lee Westwood. Lee in the right bunker. Got a short
iron, not much wind, be really aggressive with this shot and try to
fire it to the hole. Birdie putt for Chris Wood and he
gets it. Left edge, I would say, this putt,
not much outside the cup, this 2-goal two up with two to play.
Well done Chris Wood. Just one up, two holes left to play. But it comes
down to this one, this has got to find the cup or I think it's all
over. He's just been missing on a cylinder or two, Lee Westwood this
week. But you never know. Just a gentle little up and in an running
and checking. They think they've done it.
Virtually over. Considering we gave at four up start, which can't --
which you can't afford to do, opening day, opening series. This
has to go in, Lee Westwood for up par-4 at the final hole. It dribbled
at the end. After getting eagle on the 16th, birdie on the 17th, Brian
Moore has two putts from 15 feet up the slope and it will be the cavalry
charge, terrific performance. Shows you the pressure you under, two
putts from here which should be the simplest of jobs but he's taking an
awful lot of time and making it setting he doesn't do anything
silly. Two putts to win the hole. That will do. Thank you very much
for the game. Well done Ryan Moore. Well done to the United States,
victors. 15-10, good enough to take the Ryder Cup. What stuff we've seen
today. Absolutely wonderful, putting like a never seen before. The United
States just holed the more crucial ones and it's been a wonderful three
days. Not quite over yet but the weather has been good, the crowds
came, huge success. Can't wait for Paris in two years' time. Has been
quite a week. Great golf by all, the US with the 4-0 start with the
pressure on Europe and they leaned on that all week. 15-10 but there is
something to be said in Ryder Cup singles matches that you do want to
win for yourself. You have to battle as a team and came up short but to
get the win and a single point for you said in a Ryder Cup singles
match really mean something to the individual. I remember Phil
Mickelson taught us that much you want to battle and compete and to
get that one point is special. Very relieved Davis Love. After the drama
of the last time he was captain, this time he leads his troops to
victory. Confirmation that the United States
have got more than the 14.5 points required to win the trophy, they've
got 15, still some matches out on the course, it's been a tremendous
today's golf. The couple officially regained after
an eight year wait for America, three matches on the course, nobody
on the US side has waited longer than Zach Johnson to be on a winning
side, his fifth time and he completed a victory over Matthew
Fitzpatrick four and three. Chris Wood to the reigning US champion
Dustin Johnson all the way to the 18th and he would lose their one up
and Germany's Martin Kaymer, the winner at Medinah got his first win
of the week, Matt Kuchar one up at the last. USA win 17-11, their
largest margin of victory since the Walton Heath match in 198135 years
ago. The champagne about to fall for only the second time this century. I
think the biggest thing is that it's not really the win, it's the fact
that we're all pulling together in the same direction. Sunday night is
going to be a lot more fun this year than two years ago but I think we're
going in a great direction. The veteran players have you showed the
younger players what we want them to do for the next 20 years of old lady
can carry it on. We congratulate you for your Grace, respect and
sportsmanship this week. I learned that from great men like Darren
Clarke. I feel for former him and my friends like Lee Westwood and Rory,
they are the class of the game and with great victories there is always
some sadness, so it will be hard to look at Darren for a while. I thank
him for his friendship. Long time coming. Yes, I've always wanted to
be part of wannabes, been on Tour for quite awhile and to be part of
it and then on top of it and have the week like we've had and get that
clinching point for us, you couldn't write it up any better. You give
them a hell of a fight but in general terms, you see the bigger
picture for the Ryder Cup. For sure, obviously we're very disappointed to
lose but at the same time it keeps the Ryder Cup very interesting and
gives it a great narrative going into Paris and two years' time.
Ultimately, what has made a difference to Bridget in America's
favour this time? If you take a look at a lot of Ryder Cup, the
difference is marginal and usually around the greens, who puts a part
in and up putt out. It is about winning that battle on the greens
and this week the Americans... It's gone their way and when you're
dealing with players such high standard, the differences are
marginal and that's what happened. Congratulations Hunter Mahan, you
are on the last winning side at Valhalla when you made your debut,
for you, once main reason for success this time round? From 2014
we realised that Europe had a system and they treated that and just go
from one to the other and each captain is a part of something and I
felt like the US just had the captain, not a part of something,
his own entity and now we've created something, Davis Love being captain,
so close in 2012, we wanted to go back to that team atmosphere and to
build something from each Ryder Cup. You saw it in the hearings starting
on Tuesday to Friday to Saturday, all the same guys, created a bond
amongst one another and went out and played great, really a team effort
1-12. Possibly an year for the United States but when you look at
the quality of golf from both sets of golfers today, it was truly
breathtaking at times. It really was, starting with Rory and Patrick
Reed and the golf was an exceptional standard particularly early on,
putts from everywhere, the excitement and adrenaline was
flowing, exceptional match. Mickelson and Garcia that was a
match and a half, 19 birdies between them and the match finishes as a
half. Europe had to win those close matches and some of them slipped.
Davis Love and the men will rightly celebrate tonight, they sure have
started already. They couldn't wait to get their hands back on the Ryder
Cup. Eight long years since the triumph at Valhalla and Davis
collects the elegant little trophy that means so much to golfers on
both continents. Darren Clarke looking on at these scenes it will
only serve to fuel fire to reclaim it once again in Paris in two years'
time. Ryder Cup rivalry is alive and well. When you look at some of the
new blood flowing in here, the likes of Patrick Reed, we saw him at
Gleneagles but on the Europeans, Darren Clarke blooded six route you
and likes of Rafael Cabrera-Bello and the wonderful Thomas Pieters, so
much to look forward to in the next few additions. No doubt, they were
exceptional and played beautifully, Rafa putted nicely and Thomas
Pieters was outstanding. Thomas played five matches on won four
points, that was really impressive, paired him with Rory McIlroy for a
reason. It's been a relief funky, wonderful match, thank you so much,
Hunter for sharing it, we really enjoyed your company the Americans
believed they would win, the Americans have reclaim the Ryder
Cup. It's been a very long wait for them but here from Hazeltine, scenes
and matches that the great Arnold Palmer would certainly have approved
of. I hope you've enjoyed this wonderful match here in America,
from us all here, it's a very good night.
JOHNNY CASH: # You can run on for a long time